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Mr. Ghailani is charged in the August 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa that resulted in the deaths of 224 people, including 12 Americans. His trial is set for Sept. 27.


Bailout watchdog to audit program

The special inspector general for the financial bailout will examine how 10 states were selected for an Obama administration plan to provide $2.1 billion in assistance to areas hit by the housing market collapse.

A letter obtained by the Associated Press indicates bailout watchdog Neil Barofsky is undertaking the audit in response to a request by Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican.

The Treasury Department has been running the government’s “Hardest-Hit” fund, which is stocked with financial rescue money.

Mr. Barofsky also plans to examine whether state-designed programs that are receiving assistance differ from existing government efforts, the letter indicates. He also plans to examine whether Treasury has established ways to prevent waste and fraud and whether the government has established goals and measurements for the programs.


Electric cars move to fast track

The White House plans to promote its work to develop electric cars this week, dispatching administration officials across the nation to discuss advanced batteries and new vehicles powered by electricity.

President Obama will travel to Holland, Mich., on Thursday for the groundbreaking of a Compact Power Inc. factory, which received $151 million from a federal stimulus program to open the $303 million plant. The factory is expected to manufacture lithium ion cells and employ about 450 people by 2013.

Pushing clean energy, Mr. Obama has vowed to bring 1 million plug-in hybrid vehicles to U.S. highways by 2015, and his administration has set aside billions of stimulus dollars to bolster U.S. battery manufacturers. The funding is aimed at creating a battery industry in the U.S. that can compete with Asian manufacturers and help the U.S. reduce its dependence on imported oil.

The administration will hold several events this week to emphasize new high-tech jobs spurred by electric vehicles, said a White House official.


First lady talks health, not weight

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